Nearly nine in 10 Latino voters back President Barack Obama’s executive action, according to a survey released Monday.
The poll by Latino Decisions was taken Nov. 20 to 22. Obama went on national television Nov. 20 to announced relief from deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants who met certain criteria. Two of three Latino voters said they strongly supported his action, while another 21 percent said they somewhat supported it.
“This is the most united Latino voters have been on any issue during the Obama years,” said Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota, an activist group.
The poll found Latino voters adamant that Republicans not try to sue the president to stop him – three of four opposed such action. Four of five were against Congress stopping Obama.
The voters clearly blamed Republicans more than Democrats for inaction on immigration thus far. Sixty-four percent cited Republicans as most to blame for a lack of progress, while one-fourth cited Democrats. A comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration system passed the Senate last year with strong bipartisan support, but has stalled in the Republican-run House of Representatives.
Democrats have done well in recent years with Latino voters. Obama won an estimated 71 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2012.